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  • Become a Community Health Champion
    16 July 2024

    What is a Community Health Champion? Community Health Champions are people who live in Reading and help their community by making sure everyone knows about important health information, services, and activities. They also listen to feedback from others about how to make things better for everyone’s health. Who can be a Community Health Champion? It is a voluntary ...

  • Experiences of arthritis drop-in
    3 July 2024

    Arthros Charity invite you to come and talk about your experiences of living with, or caring for someone with, arthritis. Call 0791 325 7971 if you would like to talk but can’t make the meeting.

  • Reading Integration Board (RIB) – Project Fund 2024/25 – Better Care Fund – deadline 22 July 2024
    3 July 2024

    Applications are being invited for projects and schemes at the heart of our communities which prevent the impact of physical and mental illness. The awards from the fund can reach up to £15,000, and more in some circumstances. The applications can be from charitable or voluntary organisations, community groups, health care or council providers. The projects and ...

  • Pride of Reading 20th anniversary awards – nominations open
    1 July 2024

    This year’s Pride of Reading Awards will highlight those who make or have made an impact within our local community Over the past 20 years there have been thousands of nominations and hundreds of Pride of Reading Award winners, for initiatives that make our town so great to live and work in. Help them this year in ...

  • Compass Recovery College Manager – closing date 7 July 2024
    1 July 2024

    The Public Health and Wellbeing Team in Reading is looking for a motivated and talented Compass Recovery College Manager to join the existing team. This is a full time role (37 hours per week, however, we can be flexible), and will be fixed term for 12 months. About the role We are looking for a Compass Recovery College ...

  • Community Wellness Outreach Project Officer – closing date 17 July 2024
    27 June 2024

    Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) is looking to recruit a Project Officer to join the Community Wellness Outreach (CWO) project. About the Community Wellness Outreach (CWO) project The CWO project runs in Reading until the end of June 2025, offering opportunities for the community to receive a free NHS health check and advice to improve their health. This ...

  • Ready Friends Befriending Forum 24.9.24
    26 June 2024

    Bringing together Reading’s community groups, charities, friends and neighbours taking action on loneliness and social isolation. Please join us at the next Befriending Forum where we will hear from local community groups and charities about how they support people facing loneliness.  The theme will be announced shortly. The agenda will include: Welcome, introductions and event outcomes Workshop session Forthcoming training, ...

  • Welcome to Reading Coffee Morning in Reading Central Library
    25 June 2024

    Reading Central Library is hosting the regular Welcome to Reading Coffee Morning on Saturday 20th July from 11am to 1pm. It is a chance to have a hot drink in a free and friendly session and find out more about some of the services, activities and events going on in Reading. All welcome.    

  • Panasonic is looking to partner with a local charity supporting ethnic minorities
    25 June 2024

    Panasonic is a well known corporation based in Bracknell and Berkshire and they have recently been in touch with us at RVA about how they might support a local charity. This has come out of their ‘Embrace’ initiative, which is a business impact group at Panasonic that aims to promote racial and ethnic diversity at ...

  • Fire Marshall Training 31 July – One Free Place for a Voluntary or Community Group
    25 June 2024

    This training session is hosted by REDA and they have collaborated with RVA to offer one free place for someone from a charity or community group to attend. This is a fully certified training and the certificate will be valid for 3 years. An overview of the training session includes: Understand the hazards and risks associated with a ...

  • University of Reading Community Engagement Fund – Deadline 30 June 2024
    20 June 2024

    Introduction – overview of the funding The Community Engagement Fund forms part of the University’s commitment to working with and supporting the local community. Over the past few years, the scheme has funded different projects supporting sports, education settings, and charities. Who is eligible to apply? This Fund is open to employees of the University of Reading. This ...

  • Landaid pro bono programme – rolling funding
    20 June 2024

    Introduction – overview of the programme LandAid is a grant-making Trust assisting outstanding charities and non-profit organisations to achieve their goals in supporting some of society’s most vulnerable people. For over 30 years LandAid has been bringing together remarkable businesses and individuals from across the property industry and wider built environment to support projects that provide life-changing ...

  • Community Participatory Action Research – applications open
    18 June 2024

    NHS England South East is pleased to inform you that applications for the Community Participatory Action Research Training and Mentoring Cohort 3 are now open. The programme will support voluntary sector organisations working with communities adversely affected by health inequalities to recruit, train and mentor their workforce on CPAR. This programme will equip organisations to undertake ...

  • Reading Mencap’s Wacky Walk Celebrates Learning Disability Week
    12 June 2024

    More than 100 local children and adults with learning disabilities will be putting on their fanciest footwear and joining in with a celebration on Wednesday 19 June in Reading to mark Learning Disability Week. Reading Mencap is taking over Reading’s Forbury Gardens for a sponsored walk with a difference and has invited the whole community to ...

  • Smallwood Trust Women’s Urgent Support Fund – Deadline 21 June, 2024
    6 June 2024

    Introduction – overview of the funding The Women’s Urgent Support Fund supports organisations providing frontline services for women to manage the impact of the cost-of-living crisis. The Fund is delivered by the Smallwood Trust. Who is eligible to apply? The following types of non-profit groups can apply: Registered charities Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) Charitable Trusts Co-operative Societies Community Benefit Societies Community Interest Companies limited by ...

  • Reading Climate Festival 2024
    6 June 2024

    Two weeks of events to inspire and support collective climate action in Reading Running from 8–21 June 2024, this year’s programme has over 30 events to help us create a climate-friendly town: A Big Lunch in Forbury Gardens with climate-friendly street food, music, and a samba parade for kids Support for organisations that want to measure, monitor and ...

  • General Election guidance for charities from the Charity Commission
    5 June 2024

    Following the announcement of a General Election in July, the Charity Commission have issued guidance for charities to understand the rules on political activity and campaigning now that a general election has been called. In summary, charities can take part in political activity that supports their charitable purposes and is in their best interests and many ...

  • The Postcode Society Trust – next round opens 26 August 2024
    30 May 2024

    Introduction – Overview of the funding The Postcode Society Trust promotes its own society lottery for the sole purpose of raising funds for good causes. The funding is intended for smaller charities and good causes in the south of England to make a difference to their communities. Who is eligible to apply? Local charities and other not-for-profit organisations based ...

  • The Fore – Next registration deadline is 24 July, 2024
    22 May 2024

    Introduction – overview of the funding The Fore is the only open-access funder in the UK offering development funding and strategic support to early-stage charities and social enterprises. Who is eligible to apply? Applications are accepted from the following types of organisations who are registered in the UK, with an annual revenue of less than £500,000 in the previous completed ...

  • Black History Month (BHM) 365 Fund – SNG – Deadline 24 May, 2024
    22 May 2024

    Introduction – overview of the funding The Sovereign Network Group has a partnership with A2Dominion Housing Group, Peabody and Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing to offer grants, through the Black History Month (BHM) 365 fund, that support activities and projects in communities that celebrate black history. The timing of this funding round allows plenty of time for funding ...

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